As you begin, or continue building your drone service business, we’ve found that these eight attributes are critical in your growth.

Find a Niche and Get Specialized

These are five of our top choices:

  1. Aerial Photography/Videography/Cinematography 
  2. Agriculture
  3. Mapping/Surveying
  4. Commercial/Residential/Industrial Inspections
  5. LiDAR   

Network With Other Professional Drone Pilots and Operators

  1. Stay active in the drone community
  2. Show up to conferences
  3. Network network network!

Learn From Your Competition and From Your Past Mistakes

  1. We all make mistakes – try hard to learn from them!

Have the Best Gear (Drone + Kit + Post-Production)

The niche you pick will have a large ‘say’ on the equipment you choose.  We’ll have more detail in another post!  We took a lot into consideration, and found these drones to be top candidates to help build your business.

Cost, weight, size, functionality, availability, productivity, and efficiency were all factors taken into consideration.

  1. DJI Inspire II
  2. DJI Matrice family
  3. DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  4. DJI Phantom 4 V2
  5. Parrot Anafi USA/Thermal
  6. Autel Robotics EVO II 8K

Website and Social Media

  1. Facebook (Branding, Alignment)
  2. Website (Clean, Clear, Concise)
  3. Instagram (Branding, Alignment)
  4. YouTube (Subscriptions, Branding, build a following)
  5. Twitter (Keep clients informed!)

Get the Best Training

To fly professionally and successfully we highly recommend Advanced training and certification.  The Coastal Drone Advanced Pilot Bundle, and Specialty courses will help you work in, and succeed in many different industries.

We are of course biased however, there are other schools out there which you can receive training from.  But, based on customer reviews and feedback.. ours is the best ?

Invest in Marketing

Things have changed a lot in the marketing world over the last few years.  Watch a few youtube videos on how to buy ads from Google and Facebook.  Your customers are out there in either of those platforms.  It is worth the investment to find them! 

Be a Professional

Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Well sadly it is not.  The small things are what your clients are going to notice. 

  1. Show up in uniform
  2. Don’t rush
  3. Always put safety first
  4. Be prepared and know your stuff
  5. Get the proper clearances before you start
  6. Come with the right equipment to carry out the job successfully 
  7. Become a steward for professionalism in the drone industry


Looking to better your aerial photography and video skills? Check out our Aerial Photography and Video course here.

Also be on the lookout for our Industrial Inspection Course, which will be launching soon!